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Windows 7: How do i ensure optimal performance?

06 Jan 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


Always use the latest driver from the manufacturer.


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07 Jan 2011   #12

Win 7 64 bit home

What do you think about this score...?

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08 Jan 2011   #13


Pretty good score although im sure you could get it a lot higher. If you go to this page and put in your specs you can see how your system compares to others.

Just click on the details of any score that comes up and you can see a graph of what the most common scores are for your setup.

Heres mine for the pc in my system specs:

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And you can see it falls into what most people with my sort of system get:

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08 Jan 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post

Always use the latest driver from the manufacturer.
For desktop cards (AMD and Nvidia) there is no such thing, the drivers all come from AMD and Nvidia regardless of who made the card. The most that you get with the driver from the card manufacturer is their name or logo showing up during the install. Laptop drivers are a slightly different story. The drivers themselves still only come from AMD or Nvidia, but it is what the laptop manufacturers add (modded INF only, never the actual driver files) in how the driver interacts with the display, whatever power schemes they use, etc.

As for which driver is best, the only way to find that out is through trial and error. Start with the latest (official or beta) and see how it works for you in games. If it doesn't work as you want (performance, bugs, whatever), try the previous one and keep going till you find the one that works best for you (and no 3D Mark scores are not the way to test).

Just make sure to create a restore point before installing the driver you are going to test (doesn't always get created automatically), much easier to do a system restore to before the driver install that messing around with uninstalling and using a driver cleaner program (which can mess up Windows to the point of needing to re-installing just to get a driver to install).
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